September 08, 2021 10:44 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Friday 10th September, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Jennings, R. Smith, Olam, Lumelume, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, B. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: H. Grant, Kamikamica, Asofa-Solomona, Hynes – Reserves: Pene, Eisenhuth, Lewis, Seve

Unavailable: Max King (Injured), Brenko Lee (Injured), Josh Addo-Carr (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm bounced back from their loss to Parramatta Eels by overcoming Cronulla Sharks to end the regular season as minor premiers to set up this tantalising clash with Manly Sea Eagles.
  • The Storm were the best team throughout the regular season but that will mean very little as they turn their attention to finals football and while they have recalled all of their first-choice stars after they rotated last week, Josh Addo-Carr has failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Saab, Parker, Harper, Garrick, Foran, Cherry-Evans, Aloiai, Croker, Taupau, Olakau’atu, Schuster, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Walker, Lawton, Keppie, Paseka – Reserves: Sipley, Suli, Sironen, Funa

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Suspended), Andrew Davey (Injured), Morgan Boyle (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles were able to complete a remarkable turnaround from their dreadful start of the season as they managed to work their way into the top four, ensuring they either earn a bye week or a second bite at the cherry in the finals.
  • The Sea Eagles have produced some scintillating attacking play this year and that was precisely how they overcame North Queensland Cowboys with Tom Trbojevic once again standing out and he will undoubtedly be the key man in this qualifying final.

THE PREDICTION

The 2021 NRL finals get underway with what could be the game of the season so far as minor premiers Melbourne Storm take on Manly Sea Eagles. Melbourne finished top of the ladder, largely thanks to an incredible 19-match winning streak in which they proved to be supremely consistent with their quality seeing them sweep aside almost every opponent they faced. Manly on the other hand started the season in dreadful form but they responded well with Tom Trbojevic producing a sensational campaign which could lead to the Dally M award. The Sea Eagles are arguably the best attacking side in the competition based on some of their efforts this season but the all-round quality of the Storm should prevail here and they can make it five straight wins against Manly.

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